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6 Beauty Tips for Cold Weather

Posted: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

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Samantha is a writer and stylist with a love for pretty details. She took her trip down the aisle in June 2013 and is now living the married life in Charlotte's South End. Samantha can be reached here.

The Polar Vortex brought some seriously cold temperatures to the Carolinas this week. And when it comes to your skin and hair these harsh winter temps can really dry you out. It’s important to edit your beauty routine during the winter months to keep your skin looking radiant and your locks looking lush. Here are a few winter beauty tips:

• Drink lots of water: One of the secrets of radiant skin and healthy hair is drinking lots of H2O. Your inclination may be to warm-up with another skinny vanilla latte but you need to make sure you are staying hydrated.

• Moisturize: You should always moisturize your skin no matter what season it is. However, in the winter it’s extra important. Not enough moisture can leave your skin dry and flakey. If your skin is naturally dry, you may want to spring for a more intense moisturizer for the next few months. Also, don’t just moisturize your face. Make sure your whole body is getting hydration!

• Exfoliate: Because your skin is more likely to be dry and flakey, it’s a good idea to exfoliate at least once a week in the winter to get rid of all that dead skin. You should choose two different exfoliators: one for your face and one for the rest of your body. The exfoliator for your face should be more gentle than the one for your body.

• Don’t forget SPF: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen. You can still get skin damage from the sun in the winter. Use a moisturizer with at least 15 SPF for everyday. If you are doing an outdoor activity, you should up your protection.

• Deep condition: Our lovely locks can get dry in the winter, which is why it’s important to deep condition. I try to use a deep conditioner on my hair at least once a week. I like Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture and I also love It’s A 10 Leave-In conditioner for even more moisture.

• Pucker up: Nothing ruins a kiss with your husband-to-be like chapped lips. I keep about 3 lip balms in my purse at all times (yes, I’m addicted). I’m currently obsessed with Nivea’s Lip Butters.

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